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Re: One piece AMC 20 tough enough?
How hard do you wheel? Are you planning on upgrading the front axle? If you want to do it right get a d60 front and d60, 70, 14 bolt, or ford 10.5 rear axle w/ 8 lugs, they won't break w/ 35's (unless you have sh!t loads of hp and do something really stupid. The front will be much more than the rear but you could probably build a 14 bolt rear for less than a model 20, there'a full floating 14 bolt that is 63" wide (perfect width for a cj). Detroits for 14 bolts are around $350, gears and install kit $200, $100-$500 axle housing (search at the u-pull it's, especially the only mom and pop ones, the axle comes from a cab chassis 1ton chevy, something that didn't have a bed, motor homes, tow trucks, delivery vans, short buesses), $200? disc break conversion (h8 has one on his 14 bolt using a bracket and front brake parts). Now consider the cost of upgrading your stock axle or building up a waggy axle.
Wheel it or drive a minny van